Village Scandal Smacked With Eviction Notice

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The Village Scandal has been served with an eviction notice demanding it leave its East Seventh Street storefront by Monday. Now the 17-year-old hat shop’s owner, Wendy Barrett, is urging neighbors and supporters to call her landlord, the district attorney’s office, and even the judge.

Ms. Barrett, who has been involved in a complicated legal battle with A.J. Clarke Real Estate since 2004, is making the last-ditch effort “to support elementary justice, and the survival of the Village Scandal Hat Shop, which is now under attack by a criminal conspiracy of a corrupt managing agent,” she wrote in an e-mail to The Local today.

In November, Ms. Barrett’s lawyer, Jonathan Zimet, said the hat shop owner’s landlord claimed she owed close to $130,000 in back rent and real estate taxes. She vigorously disputed the amount, and sued her landlord and management company for $10 million in State Supreme Court.

This time, Ms. Barrett said she failed to get a stay of eviction, as she did in November. Still, she continues to insist she’s up on her rent, and claims she was “cheated out of a Trial and her right to Answer the charges of failure to pay.”

“The Village Scandal does not owe anything. AJClarke has been suing every month for falsely trumped up arrears,” she said, claiming her money was “pocketed and stolen” by the company. Now, she complains, it has given “ the green light for a City Marshal to lock up the store and its inventory, and lock Wendy, the proprietor, all personnel out onto the street.”